Recently, IFLR announced IFLR Asia Best Lawyers 2021. Zhong Lun partners Anthony Zhao, Catherine Chen and Limin Chen once again entered the list.
Qualified to practice in China and New York State, Anthony Zhao focuses on private equity and venture fund investment, capital markets and M&A, among others. With a talent for providing legal services integrating both domestic and foreign perspectives, his practice spans China’s major industries, especially the new economy, high-tech and innovative industries. In addition to the titles of "National Outstanding Lawyer" and the Shanghai Bar Association’s "Elite Lawyer”, he has continuously been recognized by many international industry watchers as one of Asia's top lawyers in four of his practice areas since 2005. Anthony Zhao has been responsible for many internationally known milestone projects over the years, playing a part in the development of China's private equity market as well as the digital and smart industries from their nascence.
Catherine Chen is not only a pioneer but also a leader in private equity funds. She has set up over a thousand private equity funds on behalf of clients, including private equity and venture capital funds, funds of funds, real estate funds, QFLP funds, S funds, cross-border parallel funds and other private equity investment platforms and provides continuous legal services on operational compliance, second-hand share transfer, investment, exit and liquidation during the funds’ existence. Catherine Chen specializes in complex fund structure design and transaction arrangement. Her practice areas include life sciences and healthcare, electronic technology and telecommunications, advertising and media, clean and renewable energy, education, new media, retail and franchising and traditional manufacturing.
Limin Chen has rich experience in capital markets and mainly focuses on capital markets/securities, asset securitization, financial products and M&A. As one of the first professional lawyers to obtain securities qualifications in China, he has honed his expertise in the areas of Chinese corporate transformation, restructuring, and domestic and overseas stock issuance and listing and handled listing of A shares, B shares, H shares and red chip shares and overseas listing of domestic equities for more than 100 companies, garnering recommendations from many well-known legal rating agencies including Chambers, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific list and ALB for many years.
IFLR1000 focuses on financial and corporate transactions, and its "IFLR Asia Best Lawyers" list aims to recognize outstanding lawyers who have received unanimous praises from clients and peers. The list of 2021 includes top lawyers from 19 jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific region, including China, Australia, India, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand, in recognition of their outstanding performance in their respective areas of expertise in the past year.